Green Party Councillors have condemned Lib Dem plans to redistribute road
safety funds equally amongst the separate Community Assemblies. They claim
accident statistics over the last 5 years show up to 20 times more injuries
from accidents in the middle of Sheffield compared to the outskirts.
Cllr Bernard Little said, “We support local decision making, but splitting
the Highways budget in this way is clearly a mistake. Common sense says
there are fewer traffic problems in rural areas, and accident numbers show this. For example Broomhill Ward has suffered 21 deaths and serious injuries
in the last 5 years compared to just 4 in Dore and Totley.
Both will however receive an equal share of funds removed by the Lib Dems from the city-wide pots for pedestrian, child safety and other improvements’
Cllr Little added ‘On the streets of Sheffield the Liberal Democrats are putting political ideology ahead of people’s safety and that is very wrong.’
Sheffield’s Green Party will be putting alternative Transport Budget
allocations in their budget amendment to Sheffield Council’s budget setting
meeting on Friday.
For further information contact Cllr Rob Murphy on 07580 498392.